US demolishes Trump’s border wall prototypes

1 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

TIJUANA: President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico has yet to be built and, on Wednesday, US authorities began demolishing the prototypes constructed for it in California 16 months ago, reports AFP.

The eight models of concrete and steel were unveiled in October 2017, at a cost of more than $300,000 each, on the edge of San Diego at the border with Tijuana, Mexico.

Trump himself inspected the 30-feet (nine-meter) full-scale models erected side-by-side when he visited California in March last year and pushed his signature campaign promise of a wall along the Mexican border.

He says the barrier is needed to keep out illegal immigrants, criminal gangs and drug traffickers.